Several months ago I was browsing YouTube and came across Shonda Rhimes (creator of TGIT) being interviewed by Ellen Degeneres. You know TGIT… Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder. The first thing I thought was “WOW! She has lost a lot of weight!” That’s when Ellen started to talk about her book; Year Of Yes, How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. “That doesn’t sound like a weight loss book to me” I thought. I went on with my life after watching the five minute clip, but the interveiw just stuck with me. Recently I downloaded Audible and Year Of Yes was my first book. I am so happy I chose to listen to this book instead of reading it. It was something about hearing the author read it that made it so much more real to me. Hearing the inflections in her voice as she re-lived some of the moments made it more powerful. Shonda talks about how she came to a place of saying “yes” to everything presented to her. She is a naturally shy and reserve person. That was surprising to me because she writes such amazing stories for her characters on TV. The book was mostly entertaining until I got to the chapter, “Saying No”. She talks about how a “friend” asked her for a large about of money and she felt uncomfortable giving it. She finally decided she would say “no” to this person. Listening to this chapter awakened something unexpected in me. I have been going back and forth with the same man for 3 1/2 years. After this chapter I decided to say “yes” to myself. “Yes” to my value and my worth. By saying “yes” to me, I had to say “no” to him. I have been saying “yes” to all the bad thing in our relationship for years. But now I am say “yes” to all the good I have to offer someone that deserves all the good I have. This book allowed me to finally make this decision and I am better off for it.
This is a great, entertaining read. I don’t expect you will have any great epiphany, but you just may. If you love to read, pick this up.